Katrina continues to slowly make gains. She is still unable to communicate at this time. She reacts to stimuli and is now responding to simple commands but not consistently. She seems to be aware of us when we visit but again it is difficult to gauge exactly how much she understands at this time. Her body is slowly healing also. Her right leg has had extensive surgery and damage. She will require a back brace for the next approximate 4 to 5 months for multiple spine fractures but they are healing well. She is still unable to eat and has feeding tubes. Katrina also has a trach but they are considering removing it within the next few weeks as her lungs seem to be healing nicely. She is going for a head ct scan today which will give us more information on her condition. (brain inflammation, eyes, facial bones, nerve damage, etc) and they will be able to compare to prior ct scan.
Her injuries are very complex so it is difficult to cover every aspect of recovery. She is receiving OT, PT, Speech, pulmonary care, neuro, dietary... The staff is very pleased with her progress thus far considering the extensive injuries and short amount of time post injury (which of course seems like an eternity to all of us) Katrina has been getting out of bed with full assistance of PT and tolerates sitting in a tilt in space wheel chair for brief periods of time, they also had her on a tilt board in standing position for 15 minutes (yesterday only being her second time) and she tolerated it well. Just being able to get her out of bed is a huge step for Katrina.
Katrina has a very long road ahead but I am confident in her strength and recovery. This has been extremely difficult for all of us... it certainly puts things in perspective as to what is truly important in life. I can never seem to eloquently express my deepest appreciation and gratitude for all the donations, thoughts, prayers and love that have been given for my sister. It means everything to us. Please continue to keep Katrina and her children close in your heart. My hope is that people will still donate to this cause as it will be a much longer road than predicted (at least a year from last report via medical staff). The monies raised will make a huge difference to Katrina and her children and again if the gift of donation is something that you are unable to do please know we understand and appreciate the love and care shown.
Update... Katrina was transferred from UMass to Spaulding rehabilitation center in Cambridge... We fought extremely hard to get her into this facility thinking it was best suited to fit all of her needs at this time... respiratory, head trauma, ortho, and pulmonary. We are extremely grateful... I have not had the chance to see her myself as I have been busy handling a lot of matters from the sidelines and of course taking care of Eva and Bro. (Eva has been sick also) So I cannot speak to how she is doing first hand. However, I am in constant contact with nursing staff. Transfer was difficult for her and she spiked yet another fever and is having some lung difficulty (blood tests are in the works) She seems to be having a better day today per nursing staff and was resting "peacefully" when I spoke to them this morning. My family went yesterday and were very pleased with both her care and the facility... Katrina was not alert but I am assuming the transfer took a lot out of her. I will post another update soon. Thank~you for all of your love and support... Please continue with the prayers and positive thoughts. Katrina needs them... and I know she can feel them... also keep her children close in your hearts... ~(Bella, Eva, and Bro...)~
Update on Katrina... From the time of this horrific event Katrina continues to make slow and steady progress. She has had the brain shunt removed and has been weaned off the ventilator... She does however, require a trach tube at the moment. They have fixed all the fractured bones in her face and had a delicate surgery around her left eye as well as surgery on her left leg which was quite extensive. Katrina also has fractured ribs, punctured lungs, lacerated liver, fractured spine, multiple skin lacerations and road rash... All surgeries have gone extremely well. Her condition at present remains critical but stable. She is fighting very hard to clear her lungs and breathing can be very labored at times... What I hear most from the medical staff is that she is "Very strong" and "Holding her own"... Katrina has been opening her eyes and seems to be aware that we are with her when we visit. She continues to respond to stimuli and now has shown some purposeful movement. She has not yet been able to respond to commands. She continues to spike fevers but the staff is doing a remarkable job as is Katrina herself. I just know she is doing her very best to get back to us and her children. I would like to thank each and every one of you who are praying, sending positive thoughts, and love to my sister. As for my family and myself we are absolutely devastated but we are all doing our best to remain strong. We would also like to thank all of you so very much for your generous donations... at times all we can do is cry when we read the kind words and wishes that we know are coming straight from the heart. Just know we appreciate your support and your words more than could ever be expressed... I wish I could more appropriately put our gratitude into words but please know it means the world to all of us...
An update on Katrina's health: She is not awake yet, but she is making a lot of small improvements. The pressure on her brain has gone down considerably, and they were able to take her off of the ventilator so she is now breathing on her own. It says a lot about you by the people you keep in your corner. Thank you so much for your support and prayers! If she is stable enough she will be going back into surgery today- please keep her in your thoughts today.
As most of you are aware, my sister Katrina McCarty was involved in a tragic accident on Sunday 3/23/14... This accident has left her with severe injuries and head trauma. She remains in critical condition and in a coma. If you feel it in your hearts to donate to this fund, please do. Katrina is an incredibly hard-working mother who does all that she can to provide for her children. Of course, her bills will continue to come-in while she is in recovery which has been predicted to be at least 6 months. While she is in recovery we would like to see to it that the only thing she has to worry about is her health. Please be assured that all funds will go fully and directly to provide for Katrina and her children (Isabella, Eva, and Daniel). If this is something that you are not able to do, please know that we completely understand. We just ask that you keep her in your thoughts and prayers... Katrina and her children need all the support and love that they can get during this time. Thank~you so much and please share.